This month is Mental Health Awareness month, and we are closing out May by joining up with the Street Ridaz & Demi Gods for their monthly bike ride. The ride highlights some of the things I deem important like community and health. We just spent the last year dealing with a pandemic where people realized what was profoundly important to them. At the end of the day, health and the people you surround yourself with should rank high on your list of importance.
When I speak about building up the cannabis community or the importance of learning the business of marijuana it is not just for the purposes of making money. I am not preaching making money for money’s sake. I am talking about building something legitimate that other people can stand on. Something that my community can stand on. Of course, I want to make money. Who doesn’t? But when I look at Gas Gods I’m not just looking at a stream of revenue. I’m looking at a team of people that I have chosen to surround myself with that are able to provide for themselves because of what we have put together. Those people come from all walks of life and have various perspectives, but we agree on a lot of fundamental things. We believe in community. We believe in protecting and promoting health. We believe in the fair application of laws. We believe in the same thing their forefathers presented when they proclaimed their belief in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We might not always agree on how we reach the end goal, but our goal is still the same.
This is why sponsoring events like the bike ride, bringing awareness to Mental Health Awareness month, as well as supporting other community events we support is so important. These things we do put focus on the community, and, without the community, Gas Gods wouldn’t be the success it is. As we look to help bring together and strengthen the community, we also look to the work needing to be done towards the legalization of cannabis. Several bills have been put in front of Texas legislatures that would advance the legalization efforts. We talk about the progress made by some representatives, but an uphill battle presented by the opposition. At a time like this having a strong, well informed community is important. Polling across the country shows that Americans are for the legalization of marijuana. How that legalization happens is important, as I have said in previous letters, but the main thing is legalization needs to occur. Legalization will occur. The tide has shifted over the last fifty years and the majority of Americans believe in legalization. There are several things that stand in the way of that ultimate goal, but the writing on the wall shows that, eventually, it will occur. As we head down that pathway we need to know, as a community, which representatives are supporting the will of the people and which are not.
In the meantime, take the time out to take care of yourself. Use the reminders of this month to check in on your own mental health and the community around you. Join us on the 29th for a bike ride (especially if you are a therapist. We are sending out a special invite to those working in the field of mental health) and make sure to take care of yourself.